Miami Now: a generation ñ podcast

Miami Now features interviews with the people at work on making Miami awesome, exciting, innovative and worth celebrating. From the arts to sports, to community energy and local excitement - Miami Now goes in-depth , to talk to the South Floridians fostering the positive, provocative, impactful ideas that boost our area - it's about the Miami you need to know about, and is hosted/created by Bill Teck, founder of generation ñ and lifelong Miamian and 305 alumni.
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Nov 7, 2023

Our guest on the 1st ep of the new season of the generation ñ / Miami Now podcast is Gus Cabrera who is the immediate past president of the LBA. We talked about their role in the community, spoke about growin' up down here, and (Gus is one of the best read guys i know) even talked his top 5 books. 

Gus is the Principal of Evergreen Venture Group, a consulting and real estate investment firm and previously worked with MasTec, Inc. holding several positions throughout his 18 year tenure, including Division Vice President where he was responsible for operations throughout South Florida, as well as Corporate Vice President of Business Development.

Gus current past president of the Latin Builders Association, one of the largest Hispanic construction associations in the United States and has been involved with the LBA for over 20 years.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida International University. Born in Santa Clara, Cuba, Gus arrived in Miami in 1979 at the age of 10, and currently resides in Miami, FL with his family.

Generation ñ founder Bill Teck hosts the generation ñ podcast, all about Latinx culture in the USA. And sometimes outside the USA. Usually en Ingles, sometimes en Español. :) Now with Mas Cowbell.

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Jul 17, 2018

Part abandoned amusement park, part roadside haunted house, part Sid & Marty Kroft Supershow , part working video store and palace of wonders - there’s no moviegoing experience in America quite like what Nayib Estefan is doing with the Nite Owl Theater (which is really a cinema) - but theater might be the right name for it.

With the projectionist as DJ,  with the amazingly immersive Experience that he’s created around watching a movie - if you love cinema and you love repertory screenings and you love to be surrounded by Films in an exciting/creative/fun way with great attention to detail, with tremendous love of process and intent but still with a terrific sense of fun you owe yourself to check out Nite owl Theater in the Design District and to listen to this podcast and interview with Nayib Estefan and Eric Zaldivar would been involved with this fantastic creation and gift to moviegoers for a few years now.

Eric is an actor ,writer and director living in LA, who makes some of the films that show prior to the to the movies at Nite Owl and Nayib is the impresario and mastermind behind what has to be one of the most creative moviegoing experiences in the United States.

Miami deserves this kind of thinking, this kind of cinema, this kind of attention to doing something new and exciting - it's time to celebrate that it's here. 

I’ve been begging him to be on this podcast since I first started attending his Secret Celluloid Society screenings at different venues around town but now with the opening of his own official space in the Design District I finally convinced Nayib to sit down with me for an interview. I spoke to him and Eric about cinema, about where the grindhouse means the art-house, about The Great Peanut Butter Conspiracy, renting movies with your Abuelo and what makes for a great cinematic experience. Nayib has created one most interesting things going in Miami and it was a thrill to get to talk about Nite Owl & Secret Celluloid Society - Movie Aficionados and lovers of what's great, Take Note!

May 24, 2018

As ¿Que Pasa, U.S.A.? Today rolls up to it's 2nd (and final) weekend at the Adrienne Arsht Center's Sanford & Dolores Ziff Operahouse it's a celebration of all that our Cuban community in South Florida is and has been. Gen ñ founder Bill Teck spoke to fantastic actresses Martha Picanes and Vivian Ruiz about their standout roles as Violeta's momther and aunt, Encarnacion and Asuncion - their lives and careers in theater and on screen, and Gonzalo Rodriguez, who's been directing ground breaking theater in Miami for decades - about bringing their craft to both Que Pasa and the South's greatest stage. 

Martha has starred in Spanish language versions of plays like Uncle Vanya and The Women among many more and national soap operas like Mariaelena, Anita no te rajes, and plus her show a radio show on Radio Marti for over 20 years to her scores of fans in Cuba and her show on Radio Caracol cement at her reputation. She has a leading role in Tric o tri , a Spanglish film premiering this Halloween.

Vivian has also been acting on stage all her life, she was the voice of Cartman, Kyle and Chef on South Park in Spanish, starred in A Dolphin's Tale with Morgan Freeman and Pain and Gain with The Rock as well as appearing as Soladad Diaz on the Netflix series Bloodline.

Gonzalo Rodriguez has staged acclaimed Spanish language productions of works like The Diary of Anne Frank, Steel Magnolias, Agnes of God and groundbreaking productions of Man of La Mancha and Cecelia Valdes and his adaptation of the Cuban film Fresa y Chocolate was greatly lauded. With interests in the world of production, lighting and post production, in this conversation we celebrated his side as maverick and visionary theater director.

May 21, 2018

John Leland is an acclaimed writer for the New York Times who’s new book, Happiness is a Choice You Make: A Year Among the Oldest Old is a New York Times Bestseller. In a series of profiles with a diverse group of older Americans Leland shares what he’s learned about living from this fine group of folks. In the book, he traces the life lessons he’s picked up from them – in a way that old comes with wisdom. For this former Rock writer for Spin, opening his heart this couldn’t have been easy and certainly was scary. Still – Leland’s fearlessness as an author and investigator of life shines through. The same guy who put Lisa Lisa and Sa-Fire on the cover of Spin mag, and co-profiled (with Veronica Chambers) Generation ñ in Newsweek – brings the critical eye he brought to books like Hip: A History and Why Kerouac Matters to this beautiful and hopeful tome. It was a blast to talk about his new book, with my old friend John, who I first met back in 1999 when he wrote that Newsweek article on gen ñ. If you’re in Miami he’ll be at Books & Books on Monday. He’s in Broward on Tuesday – check your dates. And for quick wisdom, give this podcast a listen.

Nov 24, 2017

Melissa Carcache is an actress and producer who co-created the new Hialeah series and most recently started on Nickelodeon's Every Witch Way. We spoke about her new comedy series based in the city she grew up in, LA, showbiz, being driven, the difficulties of creating and producing your own show and what it takes to succeed. Her new series, co-exec produced by filmmakers David A. Vargas & Javier Mayol is available online at the Facebook link below. I think you'll enjoy this talk with Melissa, who's energy, drive and talent are as charming and delightful as she is.


About Hialeah, the series

A young married couple move from Chicago to Hialeah and things quickly turn upside down when Kay Greenberg meets his new wife’s crazy, loud Cuban family for the first time. The series stars Jordan Wall (A&E’s The Glades) and Melissa Carcache (Nickelodeon’s Every Witch Way). The series also stars Rene Laván (Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights) and Elizabeth Elias (Nickelodeon’s Every Witch Way) and is executive produced by the creators of Love and Hostages, David Vargas and Javier Mayol and by Melissa Carcache.

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Nov 16, 2017
In Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine BandJohn Capouya shows that Florida made valuable contributions to soul, on par with notable soul capitals Memphis, Detroit, Chicago, and Philadelphia. On this ep of Miami Now i spoke with this wonderful author about his invaluable book, a must for music heads everywhere. He's at the Bookfair this weekend with a great panel - and some great music.  James & Bobby Purify, Papa Don Schroeder, Linda Lyndell, Same More, Willie Clarke, Johnny Persall, Timmy Thomas, Henry Stone, Betty Wright, Latimore, Helene Smith, KC and the Sunshine Band, Liberty City, Overtown, Deep City Records all come into play in our conversation and his fantastic book.
Join Capouya this Sunday for a panel that includes producer and songwriter Willie Clarke of Miami’s pioneering Deep City Records; singer Helene Smith, this city’s first soul queen; Marlon Johnson, co-director of the documentary Deep City: The Birth of the Miami SoundJackie Moore, best known for her 1970 hit, Precious Precious; and Miami’s legendary singer/songwriter Timmy Thomas. After the panel discussion and Q&A, Thomas will perform, including his classic Why Can’t We Live Together, a #1 hit in 1972.


All this info is at this link



John teaches journalism and nonfiction narrative at The
University of Tampa. He mentors students in UT’s
lowresidency Creative Writing MFA program, as well as
working with private writing clients. During his journalism
career he was an editor at Newsweek and SmartMoney
magazines, New York Newsday, and the New York Times.
Florida Soul is his third book; his previous one, the
biography Gorgeous George, is being adapted into a
feature film.


For more info on John and Florida Soul




Oct 30, 2017

Frankie Marcos & Clouds are some the architects of the 'Miami Sound' that began in the 305 in the late 70s and early 80s. This blend of styles set trends across countless musical boundaries and in anticipation of his celebration concert on November 11th, at Dade County Auditorium, gen ñ founder Bill Teck spoke to Frankie about his music and his career.


This 'En Español episode of Miami Now features an in-depth talk with Frankie about being the first artist of his kind to play in the former soviet union,about recording with the voice of Beny More ala Nat King Cole and Natalie, about his many hits (DiscoTango, Con Tu Blanca Palidez, Amor Velero, etc...) about The Miami Sound, friends like Carlos Oliva, Roberto Torres, Hansel y Raul and Lucy Grau - who'll be appearing in concert with them on the 11th, his start playing sax in high school bands here in Miami, etc...

Jun 8, 2017

Luis Bofill, one of the great talents of Cuban music today, talks to gen ñ editor Bill Teck about his great new CD paying tribute to Arsenio Rodriguez, one of the all time giants of Cuban music.


Luis talks about interpreting the tracks , creating the record, his collaborator and producer Orlando Mosquera, the legacy of Arsenio and the success this release has enjoyed. These two old friends , who go back to the 90s - drop knowledge and catch up to celebrate Luis' recent exito!

This interview is En Español but a translated transcription of it can be found on the generation ñ website at


Join host Bill Teck each week on Miami Now: a generation ñ podcast  - on the people, places and happenings that keep miami exciting and vibrant!

Apr 30, 2017

On this ep of Miami Now, a generation ñ podcast - our guest is Andrew Yeomanson, aka DJ Le Spam - we talked about Spam All-Stars, their new album TransOceanic, Record Collecting, his analog (and amazing) recording studio City of Progress, preserving the legacy of Henry Stone, soundtrack recording - going way back to when he and host Bill Teck were (sorta) neighbors. Artist Emilio Perez, Hoy Como Ayer, the whole nine yards of his musical history in Miami, playing guitar with Nil Lara y mas. Dig the deep dive into the musical life of Andrew Yeomanson on Miami Now :)

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Nov 13, 2016

On this episode of Miami Now: a generation ñ podcast, we talk with Javier Soto of The Miami Foundation about Give Miami Day, a philanthropic event that last year raised $7 million dollars for 600 charities in Dade County. We spoke about growing up in Miami, a life in the public sector, the role of charity in creating a more livable and pleasant Miami. We debated the finer points of the underline (and he won me over) talked about creative solutions to ease our traffic woes, the need for more parks and green spaces - and touched on everything from soccer and football to what makes a city work for it's citizens. Hosted by Bill Teck.


More information on Give Miami Day is HERE.

Catch up with The Miami Foundation AQUI

You can see what gen ñ is up to at our site

Music is by Spam All-Stars and their new record is Trans-Oceanic

The art is by our fine amigos at Mutiny-Inc.

Nov 13, 2016

On this episode of Miami Now: a generation ñ podcast we sit down with Lissette Mendez of Miami Book Fair International to get the 411 on how they create , pull off, populate and dream up the largest and most successful event of it's kind in the nation.

Lissette was nice enough to speak to us in the midst of the craziness of getting ready for kick off late last week during full prep of this fantastic event.


You can get more info about Book Fair HERE and what's up at Books & Books AQUI

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